06 August 2017

We Need Each Other

I've been saving up pictures through the last few months of things I've done and made for the wedding in hopes of sharing them along with wedding pictures later. Honestly, just to brag on myself for what a good job I did in creating my "homemade wedding."

Some of my desire to sew my dress, sew the bridesmaid dresses, make the cakes, arrange my own flowers, etc. could go under the label of industrious and saving money. But the bulk of it, honestly would go under the label of "MarLeah's pride." I've heard many times before that you want a wedding to be simple and not show off how much money/prestige you have. I'm finding out that it's really easy to get caught up in the same pride of making everything perfect, not with money, but with my own doings... however that may display itself.

Well, I've been learning a lot the last two weeks how much I can't do this wedding. At least not by myself. 
Ive been told over and over that I need to learn to delegate and let others help me. And boy does that look like a mountain to me. A HUGE mountain. First of all, I don't know the very beginnings of how to let people do things for me. Second of all, it hurts my pride that I have to obligate someone else and imagining in my head that others are thinking, "she wasn't superwoman enough to do it on her own". (I know people don't view it that way, but I wanted to be that way!!!)

This evening I was getting a little overwhelmed thinking about it, and I just took some time to pray. It seemed like the Lord wanted to show me that he doesn't want this to be "MY homemade wedding," he wants it to be a lesson on how to trust people and how to allow people to help me... he wants it to be a "We need each other" wedding 😊

With that, I'm going to share some pictures of things I have done with OTHER people for the wedding, not the things I have done myself. ☺️


That's right, I don't have any πŸ™„πŸ€”
But that should be changing soon!!!


02 August 2017

Chopping Sorghum

Tyrel and his dad were chopping this field yesterday when the 20% chance of forecasted rain dumped... I mean POURED all 20% right in the field. 😭 So this morning we were all hoping and praying it was dry enough to go through the chopper without clogging it up.

They spent quite some time this morning pulling all the damp silage out.

As they were going along I took quite a few videos, and once I stationed myself up on the top side of the bed. Tyrel warned me that I might get blown on... I didn't think it would hit me enough to care, until Keith of course angled the shoot right at my face. The only thing I regret was that I didn't get the last part of the video where he was shooting silage at my face because my phone ran out of storage. 😩

This is my last time in West Virginia before we get married and I'll be living up here, and boy am I ready!
Only a month and a half of final wedding preparations and packing all my belongings into a trailer... πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜„


27 July 2017

Monark Life

Monark campmeeting has been a different story this year. 
First off, Tyrel wasn't going to come until the middle of the week, then he came and arrived early. :D We took Engagement pictures with our photographers on Monday morning, then got a call that he was being shipped back to West Virginia that afternoon to do some farming while the weather was fine.
So I spent some time at home working on wedding stuff and dresses and taking care of my darling little plants.
I'm spending one last night out with my friends before Tyrel arrives at Monark again in the morning.  Sooo ready for him to be back and to not be "wandering around alone" :P

Friends in the new Tabernacle on the first night:)

Hurts Donuts with Mecia the first night :) (thankgoodness for 24 hour places)

A full tabernacle... how it made my heart happy :)

And even happier when to have this crazy man here to goof off with 😘

My lil hunk-a-chunk of a nephew ❤️

I love seeing all the golf carts carting people to the new tabernacle.

People milling around after lunch under the tent where the old tabernacle stood.

They get the award for the cutest mode of transportation to church. πŸ˜‰.

Beautiful sky!!

My good girls who came to my rescue after Tyrel left.

Zinnias in the garden at home 😍

Brent kept telling the doggy "hiii" πŸ‘‹πŸΌπŸ˜š

Finally... Christy arrived! ☺️


16 July 2017


I got back to Missouri in time to spend the Fourth of July at my Aunt and Uncle's house. Everyone kept reminding me that this was my last holiday celebration here, so I pulled out my camera. ;)

Drew was our griller for the evening :) 

I love how these pictures turned out looking like they were taken on a 60's film camera.


13 July 2017


As I was filling up with gas before heading out on 1,000 miles home, I looked behind me and saw the bright sun shining through the bottom of the fog. I tried finding my phone to snap a picture, only to realize I had left it at our house. So I grabbed my camera, but too late to get the really amazing orange glow. 

Since I had my camera with me, I decided to take pictures (out the window and through the windshield 😜) as I was driving out of the area. I only realized later that I had the shutter speed way too low, but it kinda helps with the "driving by" feel... ;)

I also just made a VIDEO (((yay!!! - Yes, I've already watched it 5 times))) of my whole time in West Virginia and the last two scenes were from the morning I was leaving...
The very last scene is a clip from where I took this picture below. :) Mmmm... so beautiful I could just eat it!!!! πŸ™ŠπŸ˜‹πŸ˜

Ahhhhh goodness!!! I love this part of the country!

And last, but not least, the field we had been hauling hay out of throughout the week. :)


03 July 2017

16 Days Worth...

I honestly never thought I'd get the opportunity to spend this much time in West Virginia with Tyrel before we got married. I was always so hard pressed with my vacation days. But I decided to quit my job early... 3 months before our wedding to give me more time to work on our yard, gardens... and well, to spend a little more time with Tyrel. :)

I went out to West Virginia for their church camp meeting and got to stay a while longer and be with Tyrel's Uncle and family when they came in for the Fourth of July. :D

I always love the new variety of jobs I'm introduced to when I'm in WV... I was there for most of the experience of this concrete pour. :)

I enjoyed this evening so much!! I had kind of been feeling a little crummy, but nothing like a little sunshine and hay-making to make you feel better! :)

It's always an absolutely beautiful experience in WV... and now it's reallllly sinking in how this is going to be my new home in 2 months!
I'm trying to think about it realistically and realize that things aren't always going to be just peachy. But seriously, I'm so stinking ready to just try it out for myself and create our own life. :)